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Following the Story Arc for a Personal Narrative
In the Writers' Workshop, the kids are learning the parts of storytelling. That means learning how to introduce the characters, setting, and first 'plot point'. They move through the statting the problem, sharing the turning point, and then explaining how things were resolved. 
There are many connections they are making and nonfiction storytelling is sooo interesting! We loved hearing Wyatt tell how his family got Olive!
Creating Large Numbers in Place Value Review!
Eliza and Liam and all their classmates wrote a 6 digit number in the units of Skittles to demonstrate their knowledge. 
Each student led the classmates in a 'Call and Response' of the number. That way we had lots of practice of knowing when to say the 'Period' name. 
It was a very good day with a lot of participation!
Newspapers In Education (NIE) Program
    We are lucky to have a community that sees the benefit from supporting reading by giving funds to sponsor classes to receive newspapers! Our class gets one paper a week for the whole year. We did the math this morning and the kids learned that it is about $740 dollars for us to get this gift!
    What a fabulous resource and it really supports our content. One of the ways we use the material is to go through the comics and sort the facts and cultural points that are being made--so many great learning connections! Each kid takes the paper home to family members too.๐Ÿ˜Š
๐Ÿ‘Thank you to the MPDaily News and our anonymous sponsor!
Taking a Narrative Apart 
Character, Plot, and Events are the foundation for stories whether fiction or nonfiction. The kids had a chance to talk about their reading after we reviewed what we did with the start of our class reading of Charlotte's Web today.
It is hard to believe that book will be 70 years old next year!
Emily creates the model with Base 10 drawings to demonstrate subtraction with REGROUPING.
The kids are creating the pictures for the math as it helps them explain what is happening. Several kids were chosen to come to the board to write what they did and explain the concept that we were remembering. They could check with the traditional algorithm.
The work was gooooooood practice!
Karissa explains her work about narrative nonfiction at the document camera
The kids are learning to 'turn and talk', take notes, and refer back to our lesson in the text to know if what they are doing fits the criteria of the assignment.
Once the sharing was at a midpoint, I had Karissa lead her classmates through her thinking. Her example of work fits all the parts of narrative nonfiction. We learned a lot about Walk Disney! 
We 'Raised the Roof' for her excellent effort!!๐Ÿ™Œ
4th Grade is going well! Day 4-- Tuesday, September 7
All the kids are learning to share table space, use resources carefully, and read, think, and share with classmates. It has been fun and exhausting as they all learn the stamina again for full days in person. But we wouldn't want it any other way. It is sooooo wonderful!๐Ÿ’—
They are learning a lot in our Morning Meetings about each other and how our class will take care of each other and our space.
Parents/Guardians--๐Ÿ™Œ Thank you all for signing Planners!
Ms. Bonzo๐Ÿฆ‰
Cooperative Partner Work-- Deaken and Grayson share ideas
With their job partner, the students had about 15 minutes to 'notice and wonder' about the world and talk with a classmate about things.  The Social Sciences are so interesting and each pair was given a chance to talk together about things going on around them.
Plus, we did practice how to walk in line together (prepping for a field trip), learning to be safe by only talking with our Job Partner, and how to be efficient in transitions.
 We have had a very fun first 3 days together.
MCS 4th Graders on this beautiful day are as cute as ever!
I told the kids that family members would be so happy to see everyone in a class picture! 
It feels good learning together again!! 
Thanks, Ms. Bonzo๐Ÿฆ‰
Ms. Buehler captured this pic from inside!! Such a great surprise to get!
What a terrific last day together!๐Ÿ™Œ
     We ended with another fabuuulous kickball game and one mighty happy 4th Grade Hug!
๐Ÿ˜Seeing kids grow together this year has been really special--- and this group did!๐Ÿ‘ 
Be sure to take a look at their Great State of Idaho Seal and Rubric.
๐Ÿ“šReport cards will be mailed on Monday and more information about resources to access to keep working on skills will be emailed then too.
Thank you! Ms. Bonzo๐Ÿฆ‰
So much to learn about Idaho forests!
Project Learning Tree has beautiful and fact-filled pamphlets, bookmarks, and small books about Idaho's forests and the industry. I gave these out to the kids to have for the summer as so many camp and even in town you can take a short walk around any neighborhood will be interesting and amazing what you can see and learn.
There is a dichotomous key to help you identify the tree you are looking at and there is information about which habitats support what types. There is history info and art, how the timber industry thrives, and the math of carbon sequestering. These 4th graders have loved using graphs and understanding data.
It is STEAM all the way!
Double Double This This is so fun!!
Yesterday we did such an organized and synchronized clap game. Plus, it was fun to have a parent visit and be in the mix. Thanks Ms. Kelly!
It was such a blast to see them all focus on working together and accomplish a complicated pattern. I put them into two concentric circles and one side moved counter clockwise and the other moved clockwise after each time they said the chant and clap. 
On top of this-- at the end of the day, we did a full circle round with a spin around--talk about how much they can be cooperative!! They are on the road for so much more!!
Raise the Roof for 4th Grade!
"How have I grown over this school year?"
 In Morning Meeting, the kids worked with their Class Job Partner. Here are Daisy and Elliot interviewing each other about simple things such as 'What is your favorite song?' to more in-depth reflections about, 'What skill have you practiced and learned?'
       My question for them too today was, How have you changed this year?  Before they started their talks, we refreshed our memory with some timeline markers. The year started all online. Then on to the Hybrid A/B Cohorts Learning Schedule with lots of Zoom, until right after Spring Break (end of March), when we all came back 4 days a week with one online or at-home learning day. What a year!!
Knowing all this, we have agreed-- truly-- we all feel like the last 2 months have crammed the first, middle, and last days of this whole year into a very short time. It has been something to experience! Each day has so much emotion and change.๐Ÿ’—
   This group of kids has really come together and our class culture is supportive and becoming more aware all the time.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ They have worked to get to know each other better in many areas.
After our Focused Breathing Practice that starts each day, I, again, encouraged the kids to continue to take at least a few minutes each day to breathe and focus on what is going on around and inside them. It takes practice to learn how to cope with life's events. They have grown up a lot. I am very proud of these kids and excited for them. I know 5th Grade will be a great academic and social year for them!
Thanks, Ms. Bonzo๐Ÿฆ‰
Math Gallery Walk about Flying Cars
The kids did cooperative thinking to solve a problem. They each had a whiteboard separated into thirds. The top was for the model to represent the problem, the second section was for the expression, and the third section was for the equation and solution.
After the kids worked together, I had them stand and move table by table looking at the other thinking of their classmates. 
It was a sticky problem and the key to having the kids get their thinking into a model helps them create the expressions and equations. 
Learning how to make a Number Bond Division Model
           It takes a lot of time to understand that division can be done to show parts or groups. The kids tried a new model today to show the part of the problem.  They are really just getting started on this whole concept. After the group of three talked and solved the problems, one person put the cooperative finished work up on the board and a student who didn't write the problem on the whiteboard explained it.
           There was a fun discussion even especially after one of the models I showed by dividing up 32 crayons between Jorja and Malia. They couldn't hold them all!๐Ÿ–